What is Black Philanthropy Month?
Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), held every August, was created in 2011 by Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland and the Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network as an annual global celebration of African-descent giving. BPM culminates with a giving day on August 28 initiated by Young, Black and Giving Back Institute to promote financial support for Black-led and Black-benefiting grassroots organizations.
What is #BPM2020CLT?
#BPM2020CLT is a collaborative initiative to observe BPM and celebrate Black giving in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Throughout August, #BPM2020CLT will encourage and promote community-wide participation by:
- Illuminating fresh stories on Charlotte’s Black philanthropists and Black-led nonprofits, profiling who they are and why they matter
- Engaging community members and nonprofit leaders with a variety of virtual events to heighten awareness and make connections
- Channeling donation dollars and match resources to benefit Black-led nonprofits
- Culminating the month-long campaign with #CLTGivesBlack, a concerted giving day on August 28
- New Generation of African American Philanthropists (NGAAP Charlotte) is a giving circle that values preserving culture, building community and sharpening philanthropy’s social impact for racial equity and equality.
- The National Pan-Hellenic Council of Charlotte promotes interaction among the nine historically Black Greek-letter sororities and fraternities, known collectively as “The Divine Nine.”
- My Brother’s Keeper Charlotte (MBK-CLT MECK) is committed to improving outcomes for boys and young men of color by serving as the backbone organization of a collective impact effort.
- YMCA of Greater Charlotte brings people together, from all backgrounds and circumstances, to create connections that transform lives and community.
- SHARE Charlotte works to build a better Charlotte by empowering nonprofits and helping people invest in their communities in ways that matter most to them.
How You Can Participate
Participating stakeholders (organizations and individuals) are asked to commit to at least one of the following:
- Contribute dollars—make a grant, give a donation or pledge support to one or more participating Black-led nonprofits
- Pledge challenge or match resources for nonprofits (cash, gift cards or other in-kind services) as incentive to drive individual donations
- Mobilize resources (e.g. supplies, technology, board members, volunteers) in response to expressed needs and requests of participating Black-led nonprofits
- Learn more about local social, economic and power disparities and advocate for racial equity
- Read and listen to the firsthand stories from Black nonprofit leaders to gain wider knowledge, deeper understanding of their challenges and causes
- Share BPM content through your communications channels
Toolkit for Promotional Partners (see list of partners below)
Check out the #BPM2020CLT marketing toolkit created to facilitate sharing information with your networks, as well as plug into the national Black Philanthropy Month conversation.
Additional Ways to Get Involved
- If you are a local storyteller (writer, photographer, videographer, etc) and would like to volunteer to help bring the stories of Black-led, Black-benefiting nonprofits to life, contact Nicole Copsis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- If you are a Black-led, Black-benefiting organization serving Mecklenburg County that would like to learn more, contact Valaida Fullwood of NGAAP Charlotte (email@example.com).
#BPM2020CLT Events and Happenings, follow for further event updates
• Tuesday, July 21 (4:00-5:00pm) — #BPM2020CLT Prep and Networking Happy Hour is designed to prepare Charlotte’s Black-led nonprofits to maximize their organization’s experience and exposure during Black Philanthropy Month. During this event, you can expect to: (1) Learn more about the plans for August celebrations in Charlotte; (2) Access the #BPM2020CLT marketing toolkit; (3) Hear how nonprofits can become eligible for a $5K grant from SHARE Charlotte’s 2020 Spotlight Series sponsor, Amy and Brian France Foundation; (4) Meet and connect with peer nonprofit professionals.
• Saturday, August 1 (12:30-8:30pm) — Black Giving and Beyond Summit, the global kickoff for Black Philanthropy Month 2020, featuring Soledad O’Brien and Bakari Sellers among the day’s speakers. The daylong summit is calling on all African-descent donors and funders along with allied funders and other leaders to aggregate capital—philanthropy, social investment and venture funding—to enable Black people, everywhere, to recover, re-imagine and rebuild in a post-Covid world.
• Wednesday, August 5 (Noon-1:30pm) — #BPM2020CLT Nonprofits x Funders Networking Event which will bring together Black-led nonprofits and local funders and philanthropists to learn more about each other’s respective interests and focus.
• Thursday, August 20 (9:00-10:00am) — SHARE-a-Latte, SHARE Charlotte’s monthly networking coffee exclusively for SHARE Charlotte partners featuring special guests Valaida Fullwood and Charles Thomas.
• Friday, August 28 (all day) — #CLTGivesBlack, a community-wide day of giving focused on Black-led, Black-benefitting nonprofit organizations. NGAAP Charlotte also will make its 2020 grant-award announcement this date, which is important to Black history.
Follow and participate in BPM 2020 events happening across the US and worldwide.
Participating Nonprofits – Link to some of the participating Black-led and Black-benefiting nonprofits
Join Our Ever-Growing Roster of Promotional Partners!